A Stunning 52′ Morris

The seller claims that this Morris 52 is “the quintessential sailing yacht and without a doubt, the most distinctive vessel ever built by Morris.” Not sure after taking a deeper look that we could argue with this bold statement. Designed by Sparkman & Stephens, this M52 was created in collaborative effort between her owner, Fontaine Design Group and the venerable builder Morris Yachts. Every construction detail was carefully scrutinized by her owner and unique team of notable consultants, custom vendors and project managers at Morris.

After producing the smaller M42 weekender, the M52 was the next logical design for Morris Yachts; providing a full-blown cruising interior without compromising her palatial cockpit so great for day-sailing. Like other M-series sizes, the M52 has all control lines led (below deck) to the helmsman so one person can safely and conveniently raise the mainsail, unfurl the jib, tend the mainsheet/self-tacking jib sheet, and adjust the backstay all while standing at the helm and steering the boat.

Windsock II, unlike hulls No. 1 & 2, has an extended cabin design forward of the mast. The extended cabin provides a design aesthetic that harkens back to the era of classic sailing yachts; eliminates the “step down” into the owner’s cabin; provides a larger, more open owner’s cabin and allows more natural lighting forward by virtue of the added windows.

Gloss-varnished teak cladding (finished with Awlwood) covers her cabin sides and nearly all cockpit surfaces, while teak decking has been applied to the cockpit sole, seats, decks and cabin top.  Every effort was made to match wood grain, pattern and color throughout the cladding process.

She’s listed by Lyman Morse for $2,150,000 USD and lies in Camden, Maine.

A 1986 Stephens Motor Sailer

This beautiful Sparkman and Stephens-designed motorsailer was built by Stephens Marine in California in 1986, and was a ground-breaking motorsailer ketch at the time. Designed for cruising comfort for a large family with guests and/crew, she has been upgraded with many modern conveniences.

With an aluminum hull, SEA ANGEL is a stout world cruising yacht. Her rig was modernized in 2011 with a carbon fiber “pocket boom” and her systems have all been thoroughly checked, rebuilt and or replaced in an effort to prepare her for her next worldly adventures.

With the hydraulic halyard winch, raising and lowering the main is almost effortless.  This improvement allowed for a fully battened mainsail and a reduction of weight aloft, while eliminating the chance of a fouled in-mast mainsail.  Moreover, her sailing characteristics were greatly improved by this upgrade in mainsail size and shape.

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She is listed by David Walters Yachts for $595,000 USD and lies in Nassau, Bahamas, awaiting her new owners.

1954 S&S Loki Class Sloop

Svenholm is a very special Sparkman and Stephens designed Loki-class 3/4 sloop, built by the famed Heidtmann yard in Germany. Svenholm underwent an extraordinary reconstruction in 1994 with new planking, decks, floors, keelbolts, and rigging. Her interior was rebuilt in 1998.

Sparkman and Stephens Loki Class Sloop

She’s currently well-equipped for family cruising and racing and is presented in excellent condition. She has a forecabin with a double V-berth and head on the starboard side and plenty of locker space to port. Her beautiful open saloon area with settees both to port and starboard include a drop leaf table. Aft to port is the galley and quarterberth to starboard.

Sparkman and Stephens Loki Class Sloop

She is powered by a 21hp Nanni Diesel, new in 2000, with a 3-blade folding prop. She’s currently listed for by Baum & Konig for $135,000 Euro. A rare opportunity on an absolute classic.

A 2013 Morris M36

This Morris M36 is about as proper a daysailer as you can get. Harpoon is a Sparkman and Stephens design, and was built as a tenth anniversary model. She has been featured at the Annapolis Boat show many times, and a quick glance at these beautiful photos makes it clear as to why. As Morris rightly puts it, “Harpoon incorporates all that has made the M36 such a success, embodying an elegant simplicity in the approach to day sailing and a combination of beautiful, traditional aesthetics with modern naval architecture and construction.”

A 2013 Morris M36 for sale

Perfectly maintained, Harpoon doesn’t need a single thing. She comes equipped with a full array of Raymarine electronics, carbon fiber mast, self-tacking jib, Harken furling mainsail unit, and upgraded sails with 3DL Marathon sail cloth. Her Sunbrella canvas work is tastefully chosen, and complement the beautiful design of every line.

A 2013 Morris M36 for sale

M36’s have simple, fairly spartan Herreshoff-style interiors – designed for sailing above all else. With electric main self-tailing winches, hydraulic backstay adjusters and the like, they’re easily sailed solo.

Harpoon is currently in Oxford, Maryland and is listed at $395K USD.

1973 Hinckley Pilot sailboat for sale

A 1973 Hinckley Pilot

“Liberty” is a lovely 1973 Hinckley Pilot who has benefitted from two major refits in recent years. Both refits were performed at the Hinckley company  – one in 1999, and another in 2011.  She’s obviously been well-loved throughout her life, as her owner has continuously invested to maintain and increase her “like new” condition. She is stored in a heated facility during winter months.



The Hinckley Pilot is a true sailing classic with an impressive pedigree. From Tribeca Sailing: “Sparkman & Stephens unveiled the design for the first Pilot class in Yachting’s October 1945 issue.  Aage Neilson, a freelance designer working with S&S at the time, drew the first Pilot class lines. In 1955 Hinckley purchased the design and created what was known as the “New Pilot” and “the ultimate in combining livability, seaworthiness and speed”. Constructed in wood, eight boats following these lines came off the production line, only one a yawl.  Hinckley wanted to build the boat for the “out-and-out cruising man and long distant racer”.



In later years, around 1962, the dimensions were increased to 35’9″; DWL 25’0″; Beam 9’6″ Draft 5’0″ SA 554 sq. ft. and Displacement 13,000 lbs. The boats were now constructed in fiberglass and it was this design that became known as the Hinckley “Pilot 35” built exclusively by Henry R. Hinckley & Co.  Of the 117 fiberglass Pilots built, 25 were yawls.  Construction was top grade and included hand crafted furniture quality interiors made from Philippine mahogany with bronze fasteners. “



“Liberty” was repowered in 1999 with a new 40hp Yanmar. Her hull was stripped, faired and repainted in 2011 and she comes with a full array of Raymarine electronics and Autohelm autopilot. She’s in truly pristine condition and ready to sail. She’s in Westerly, Rhode Island and is listed for $130,000 USD.

Swan 43

A Super-Sweet 1969 Swan 43

Privateer is a splendid 1969 example of the Swan 43, designed by the legendary Olin Stephens of Sparkman and Stephens. The Swan 43 was only the second Olin Stephens design to be produced at the Nautor’s Swan yard, but its overhanging ends, short coachroof, low freeboard, sheer and tumblehome established the classic Swan lines.

A 1969 Swan 43 – classic sailing yacht designed by Sparkman and Stephens.

Privateer is Hull#6, and she looks downright proper in her glossy red Awlgrip topsides. She was re-powered in 2013 with a 44hp Yanmar, and her interior was completely re-done with over 4000 man-hours of effort. And, boy, does it show. She’s clearly been well-cared for, with many thoughtful upgrades, yet each decision honors her classic heritage and design pedigree.

A 1969 Swan 43 – classic sailing yacht designed by Sparkman and Stephens.

With 7 single berths, one cabin and one head, her interior layout is spartan by modern standards, but the Swan 43’s are known for “just right” accommodations, with each berth designed to keep you safe and snug in a fast-sailing yacht at sea.  The main saloon has 2 pilot berths and 2 settee berths that pull out and sleep 4 comfortably.  A generous table with 2 folding leafs can serve the whole crew in style. And like many S&S’s, Privateer sports many smart, utilitarian features that are hard to find in many more modern boats, like a well-sized distinct navigation desk, an engine compartment that allows full access to all sides, and generous well-placed storage throughout. Her galley was refitted in 2006 with a 3 burner propane stove, 11 cubic feet of refrigeration, and hot/cold water throughout.

She has been continually updated for her primary purpose – sailing. With a full suite of North Sails, Barient stainless steel winches, and Harken hardware.

Privateer is a special opportunity on a true yachting classic. Currently in Newburyport, Mass. and listed for $99K USD.

[And thanks to Paul Callahan for the tip]

1981 Lyman Morse Seguin 44

Here’s another gorgeous Seguin 44 designed by Sparkman and Stephens and built by the legendary Lyman-Morse boatbuilding company in Camden, Maine.  Journey’s End was built in 1981, and is a splendid example of these beautiful yachts, which were hand laid-up utilizing foam coring above the waterline and a solid glass hull below the water line.

The teak deck on Journey’s End is both modern and classic in feel. A close look will reveal that the decks have no bungs. Having been completely replaced in 2014 with a laminated Teak Decking System they offer added protection for the sub decks with out losing the classic proven feel of teak. Along with the new decks, all exterior wood was stripped and refinished in 2015 and the chain plates where pulled for inspection and then rebedded.

Journey’s End looks like a classic from every angle, yet is well-equipped with modern equipment like electric winches, carbon fiber spars, furling main sail and a full suite of electronics.

Listed at $225,000 in Portland Maine.

A 1973 Hinckley Pilot

We could look at this boat all day. In fact, we have been looking at this boat all day. Gygax is one of the finer Pilot’s to hit the market in some time, and she’s the very last Pilot 35 built (hull #125).

Gygax has had only three owners. She was purchased by a knowledgeable German yachtsman in 1996 and was totally refit (including being repowered with a new Yanmar diesel, and an all new Speedwave rig) at the Hinckley yard in Maine before being shipped to Europe where she spent the next 20 years being sailed on Lake Constance. She was hauled every fall and spent winters indoors while being professionally maintained year round.

She returned to the United States in 2016 and, needless to say, shows beautifully inside and out.

Most remarkable for her beauty, this balanced, traditional-looking boat with a deeply curved sheer and plenty of overhang fore and aft has had a full life. Cruising widely, racing seriously, weekending and daysailing in most of the planet’s best sailing grounds, she embodies that “wholesome, dual purpose ideal” that many sailors put at the heart of the sport.

Designed by Sparkman & Stephens when the firm was at its most dominant, the Pilot was the state of the boatbuilding art at the beginnings of the fiberglass era. It’s tempting to think of her as dated and a litmus of how far we’ve come, but many sailors still see her as the sum and substance of what a boat should be.

Priced at $95K in Alameda, California.

Courageous, a 1947 S&S

Designed by Sparkman & Stephens as a comfortable day sailer with a generous cockpit, Courageous has proven herself a winner in Classics Racing. Built by Henry B. Nevins in 1947 of double planked mahogany on oak frames and keelson with bronze fastenings, she has all of her original hardware and looks as she’s just been commissioned.  A true time capsule, each of her previous three owners have endeavored to keep her original.

Her construction is impressive – mahogany over cedar double planking above the turn of the bilge, single plank mahogany below. White oak frames and keelson. Canvas covered deck plywood deck with spruce deck beams. Mahogany cabin house, hatches and cockpit coaming. External lead ballast. In 1960 a 20′, bronze, I beam construction was installed under the mast step.

The main salon has settee berths on either side with upper pilot berth to starboard and bookshelf to port. There are eight opening ports in the cabin house sides and a butterfly hatch with screens overhead.   Lockers and cabin heater stove forward to starboard and enclosed head opposite. The galley is forward of the head with stove to port and icebox and counter to starboard and opening hatch overhead. The large V berth in forepeak has a nice large hatch overhead.

An Amazing Sparkman & Stephens Classic

Tintoo VI, formerly Gabrielle III, is an iconic design from the masters Sparkman & Stephens and built by McGruer to their very high standards. She has been skipper-owned since her commissioning, and is said to sail beautifully with an ease of handling and surefootedness often attributed to S&S designs.

The McGruer boatbuilding family has been building boats since the 11th century, and they’re stil going strong as a consultancy today. Their heyday has spanned from the 1920s to 1990s in the yards at Clynder and Rosneath, with classics such as Al Malika for the Sultan of Zanzibar, the Gareloch One Design Class, launches for the Royal Yacht Britannia, and eight metre cruisers and racing yachts.

These were followed by lightweight cold-moulded wooden racing boats and highly successful pilot, patrol and survey vessels.

In the 1990s McGruer & Co. established the largest Lloyds-approved glass reinforced plastic mould shop in Scotland, laying up hulls from 5 to 20 metres in single skin.

Tintoo VI has benefitted well from here builder’s long history of fine craft, and the beautiful lines of an S&S design. Her construction consists of a wooden hull, with Khaya mahogany planking above and below the waterline. Fastening materials and frames are of Iroko and the floors and superstructure are of teak. The interiors are planked with white painted or varnished mahogany and all interior furniture is teak.

Her owners have maintained her well her entire life, and she’s received a continuing list of upgrades throughout.

She is currently in Genova, Italy and listed at $376K USD.